My Starting Eleven - USMNT

Did you know the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is right around the corner? FIFA did every bar in the world a favor by scheduling the USA v. England match on Saturday afternoon, eastern. With the recent submission of our 23-man roster, I think we'll be in good shape to get out of the first round and challenge the semis and beyond. How do we do this? Let's start with the eleven players that should be on the field when the opening whistle blows...

  • Goalkeeper - Tim Howard
  • Backline - Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson, Carlos Bocanegra
  • Midfield - Landon Donovan, Jose Francisco Torres, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey
  • Forwards - Jozy Altidore, Robbie Findley

With South Africa entering it's Winter season, the games are going to be fast. With the lineup above, we'll be able to not only keep up with England and Algeria, we'll be able to push the tempo at our own pace. I say you bring in Gomez and Buddle when things get a little rough up front (ie, when we play Slovenia and eventually Germany), along with Holden when Dempsey decides to take a break, and Onyewu when the games get late and we need a big boy for set pieces (he's nowhere near game shape).

Also, there is no reason Jonathan Bornstein should ever touch the field outside of practice matches. If I was Brian Ching, I'd be livid he took my spot on the roster.